Digital literacy accelerated to 56.2 per cent

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BY Paneetha Ameresekere

Sri Lanka’s digital literacy rate accelerated to 56.2 per cent by the end of the first half (1H) of 2021, from 50.1 per cent registered as at end 2020, though computer literacy however lagged behind, growing at a slower pace, at 35 per cent by the end of the 1H of 2021, from 32.3 per cent as at end 2020, Census and Statistics Department (CSD) showed.

“The reason behind high digital literacy is that the majority of the population is switching over to devices such as smart phones, rather than laptops and desktop computers for connectivity,” it said.  

CSD also said that household use for internet or email connectivity by using smart phones vis-à-vis a desktop computers or laptops, accelerated to 76.3 per cent in the 1H of last year, from 75.4 per cent as at end 2020, while such connectivity obtained via either a desktop or a laptop computer decelerated to 21 per cent as at the end of the 1H of last year, from 21.8 per cent as at end 2020. 

CSD also said that in this connection, internet usage among households in the 1H of last year increased to 42.7 per cent, from 36 per cent recorded as at end 2020, while e-mail usage in households lagged behind at 17.4 per cent in the 1H of last year, though higher than the 14 per cent registered as at 2020 end.